Small Grants Program


Grants Program

Discretionary Small Grant Guidelines

Small Grants FlyerPurpose:

In keeping with the mission of the Coalition to help build a society that includes and values people with disabilities, the purpose of the grants is to build capacity in the disability community to serve individuals with disabilities and their families. In general, there is no funding available for one-time conferences.

The Tennessee Disability Coalition grant funds are available for award to projects/programs in the State of Tennessee, United States of America (USA) that are IRS-designated tax-exempt organizations-501(c)(3) and to governmental entities.

Amount of funding:
In general, the Coalition makes $100,000 available for discretionary grant each year, dependent upon funds availability, with $50,000 available for the Spring grants and $50,000 available for the Fall grants. Five grants for up to $10,000 each for a one-year term may be awarded in a grant cycle. Awards will be merit based, following a point system outlined in the application.

Application process:
There is a two-step application process:
1. Submission of a brief Letter of Interest with budget outline
2. Submission of a full proposal, if requested, using the standard application format

Important Message:  We now offer an electronic submission process with on-line application forms.  These forms can be accessed during active grant cycles here:

Funding Process:
Funds will be awarded in two installments: one-half the grant amount initially after a contract is signed with the second payment of one-half the grant amount to be made upon receipt and approval of the five-month Summary of Activities Report.  Grant funds must be used during the designated grant year.  Funds cannot be used for past expenditures or to reimburse the program for expenditures that have already been paid by the organization prior to the award.  TDC Awarded funds are for future expenditures, only.  The awards are not considered gifts or charitable grants.  If funds are not exhausted and/or a proposed task(s) is not accomplish for which a projected expense is documented in the budget, funds must be returned to TDC.

Required Reports:
All grantees will be required to submit:

  • A five-month progress report
  • A final report, including a final budget report, within six weeks following the end of the project term.

Many organizations apply for grants each year and the overall amount of funding requested far exceeds our resources.  Declined applications in no way reflect the worthiness of an organization's mission or programming and these groups are encouraged to apply again in future cycles.

For more information, contact:
Carrie Carlson
Phone: (615) 383-9442

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